President Donald Trump is claiming illegals who cross the border with their kids are ‘just using children for their own sinister purposes.’
‘Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not – and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes. Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world! Vote ‘R’,’ he wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.
The president has use controversial language around immigrants before, writing on Twitter in June they will ‘infest’ the country.
The president touted his immigration record in a Twitter rant on Sunday
His administration faces continual backlash to his ‘zero tolerance’ policy
The Trump administration continues to face backlash over its ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, which resulted in migrant children being separated from their families.
Some parents who bring their children with them across the border have the expectation that they would face shorter periods of detention while their cases were heard. There is a huge backlog of cases in immigration courts.
“If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. We’ve got to get this message out. You’re not given immunity,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in June in his defense of the policy.
But parents have different reasons for bringing their children to the Unites States – some want a better life but others, such as those from Central America, are fleeing gangs that try to recruit their kids. Immigrant courts hear the cases and the pleas for asylum. First time offenders are usually deported back to their country of origin.
Trump signed an executive order to reunite families after his policy was heavily criticized but, as of Friday, 700 children were still in government custody, missing a court-ordered deadline to be returned to their families.
The government has reunited 1,442 families with children aged 5 and older by late Thursday, according to court filings, and says an additional 378 children have already been released from their custody under ‘appropriate circumstances.’
But Trump is touting his record on immigration in a twitter rant on Sunday morning, quoting a former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
‘Tom Homan, fmr ICE Director: ‘There is nobody that has done more for border security & public safety than President Trump. I’ve worked for six presidents, and I respect them all, but nobody has done more than this Administration & President Trump, that’s just a stone cold fact!’,’ he wrote.
The president also slammed Democratic lawmakers for failing to back the ‘brave and heroic men and women of ICE’ in a video posted to Twitter on Saturday.
Trump was referring to 167 Democrats who either abstained or voted against a House resolution praising ICE on July 18. The motion was passed by Congress but blocked by Senate Democrats.
‘Without the brave heroes of ICE we would have no enforcement, no laws, no borders, and therefore, no country,’ he said.
During the three-minute video, Trump defended the agency against critics who consider its methods of enforcement heavy-handed by calling its officers ‘heroes’ whose work was vital to stopping another terrorist attack like September 11
Trump defended the agency against critics who consider its methods of enforcement heavy-handed by calling its officers ‘heroes’ whose work was vital to stopping another terrorist attack like September 11.
‘One of the critical lessons of 9/11 is that immigration enforcement saves lives. We must enforce the rules against visa laws illegal overstay, illegal entry, and other immigration violations and crimes,’ he said.
The President also quoted statistics that recorded 127,000 arrests of illegal immigrants charged or convicted of crimes within the United States as evidence that the agency was doing vital work.
‘These are very serious crimes and too many of them. Yet, leading Democrat politicians have called to abolish ICE, no one even believes it,’ he said.
‘In other words, they want open borders, and more crime. That’s what you are going to get.’
A small number of Democrats have expressed their support for abolishing the agency and creating a new one from scratch, including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gilbrand and Kamala Harris.
ICE has been criticized for what opponents see as heavy-handed tactics, including arresting undocumented migrants while they drop their children at school or deporting them for minor offences. Pictured: A protest against ICE in New York on July 26
Immigration and Customs Enforcement bore the brunt of criticism over its enforcement of the Trump administration’s now-reversed policy of separating migrant children from their parents.
It has also been attacked for what opponents consider heavy-handed tactics, including arresting undocumented migrants while they drop their children at school or deporting them for minor offences.
Protests across the US have regularly featured banners calling for the agency to be abolished, and public anger over its actions was thought to have led to the appointment of a new director earlier this month.
On Friday, Philadelphia decided to stop giving ICE access to a real-time arrest database, saying the agency is misusing the information to conduct sweeps in which otherwise law-abiding immigrants are also being caught up. Federal officials said the decision puts U.S. citizens in danger.
ICE officers prepare for morning operations to arrest undocumented immigrants on April 11 in New York City
‘We’re not going to provide them with information so they can go out and round people up,’ Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said Friday as he announced his decision to let a decade-old contract with ICE expire at the end of next month.
Kenney said immigration officers are wrongly using the database to go to homes and workplaces of people who list foreign countries of origin and arresting other people who are in the country illegally but are otherwise not accused of any crimes.
U.S. Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman called the decision irresponsible and said the city will end up ‘harboring criminal aliens.’
‘Sanctuary-city policies make American communities like Philadelphia less safe by putting the rights of criminal aliens over the safety and security of American citizens,’ Waldman said.
‘Despite the misguided action taken by Philadelphia today, DHS will continue to work to remove illegal aliens and uphold public safety.’